Discovering ZaaZaa: Morocco’s avocado delight

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Moroccan ZaaZaa is a thick and delicious avocado beverage that resembles a layered sundae and fulfills as a post-fasting treat during Ramadan.
Moroccan ZaaZaa is a thick and delicious avocado beverage that resembles a layered sundae and fulfills as a post-fasting treat during Ramadan.

Moroccan ZaaZaa is a thick and delicious avocado beverage that resembles a layered sundae and fulfills as a post-fasting treat during Ramadan.

In Morocco, there’s a decadent treat that combines the unexpected richness of avocado with the indulgence of a dessert: ZaaZaa. This unique creation, often enjoyed as both a smoothie and a dessert, is a delightful fusion of flavors and textures that has captured the hearts of many.

Avocado as a Dessert Staple

While avocados are commonly associated with savory dishes in many parts of the world, in Morocco, they’ve long been embraced as a sweet indulgence. 

Alia Al Kasimi, founder of Flavors of Morocco and author of Moroccan Cookies, reminisces about her childhood tradition of enjoying avocados sprinkled with sugar—a simple yet satisfying treat that laid the groundwork for ZaaZaa’s innovative twist.

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The Origin Story of ZaaZaa

The origins of ZaaZaa are shrouded in mystery, but its rise in popularity coincides with Morocco’s increasing cultivation of avocado orchards in the early 2000s. 

As avocados became more accessible, Moroccans naturally began exploring creative ways to incorporate them into their cuisine, leading to the birth of ZaaZaa and other avocado-based delights.

Layers of Delight

ZaaZaa may be labeled as a smoothie, but its presentation resembles that of a layered sundae, adding to its allure. The base consists of a velvety blend of avocados, milk, and dried fruits like raisins and dates. 

This creamy mixture is poured into a glass adorned with syrup—think chocolate, caramel, or strawberry—and interspersed with layers of sliced fruits such as banana and kiwi. The toppings range from KitKat bars and Oreo cookies to whipped cream, creating a symphony of flavors and textures.

Indulgence Personified

Described as a “calorie bomb” by Al Kasimi, ZaaZaa offers a sumptuous experience that demands to be savored with a spoon. 

Its thick consistency and rich toppings, which can include almonds, walnuts, and chocolate sauce, make it a true delight for the senses. 

With each spoonful, ZaaZaa invites you to indulge in the blissful harmony of flavors—a testament to Morocco’s culinary creativity and love for avocados.

Gary Monroe

Gary Monroe is a seasoned contributor to the Los Angeles Business Magazine, where he offers insightful analysis on local business trends and economic developments. With a focus on Los Angeles' dynamic commercial landscape, Gary's articles provide valuable perspectives for entrepreneurs and business professionals in the city.

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